Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton is a multi-faceted weapon who has thrust himself into Rookie of the Year discussion and drawn immediate comparisons to DeSean Jackson of the Philadelphia Eagles.
While the odds of Hilton bringing home Rookie of the Year honors are clearly slim, the comparison to Jackson makes plenty of sense. Both are electrifying playmakers who are not limited to merely lining up in the slot and making short-yardage receptions.
Hilton and Jackson both make their presence felt in the passing game and on special teams as return men.
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Since joining the NFL in 2008, Jackson has 4,785 receiving yards for 23 touchdowns and 117 punt returns for 1,223 yards and four touchdowns. He is the most dynamic player in the Eagles' receiving corps, and he opens up the passing game because of his ability to stretch defenses vertically and open up seams over the middle of the field.
Hilton's game is almost a mirror reflection of Jackson's, minus all the contract drama and attitude issues.
The 5'9", 183-pound Colts rookie did not draw much attention coming out of Florida International University, but he has quickly become a top weapon for QB Andrew Luck to throw to, and he makes plays all over the field. Hilton had 33 catches for 488 yards and five touchdowns entering Week 13, along with 19 punt returns for 233 yards and a score.
His frame is almost identical to Jackson's 5'10", 175-pound stature, and he draws a lot of the same coverages. His body of work is obviously smaller, but Hilton has a knack for finding the end zone that shows promise moving forward.
He is physical at the line of scrimmage and unafraid to venture into traffic over the middle of the field. The upside to Hilton is both exciting and enticing.
The Eagles know they have one of the game's most dynamic threats in Jackson, and the Colts may now have the same thing in Hilton.